Little Hui was born with a complicated version of anal atresia that involves not only the anus, but also requires reconstruction of the urethra and vagina as well. This little princess has already undergone several surgeries. But she doesn't let that slow her down; she still wants to keep up with everyone else!
Hui recently celebrated her first birthday. Like most babies her age, she's been spending her days learning to walk. She started out with a few hesitant steps and is now toddling back and forth, getting steadier day by day. Since she's put so much time and practice into learning this new skill she's decided to give lessons. After all, it's a lot harder than it looks and there are so many babies who could benefit from her practical advise and new found wisdom!
Lessons in Walking
First, you have to have a good attitude. Make sure you've had enough rest and plenty to eat. A clean diaper and a pretty hair bow are also helpful. Put a big smile on your face - sure, it's hard work but it's also good fun! Like this:
Next, find your balance. You've probably been practicing this over the past few months when you learned to sit, pull up and stand. Make sure you have your feet firmly on the ground. You'll probably find it easier to hold your arms out for balance. Don't worry if that looks awkward; as you get better you can hold your arms in a different position, or even use them to carry something! Like this:
As you move forward, you may need to look down. This can help you navigate obstacles, like toys that may be been left in a dangerous position. It also helps you know where your feet are and where to place your next step. Like this:
Make sure you don't spend all your time looking down, though. Look ahead to where you are going. Your feet will follow your eyes (and you don't want to fall down!), so pick out a goal and head straight for it! Like this:
And what kind of a target are you headed for? Well, best to choose something really good! Maybe a toy you saw from across the room but never had a chance to explore.
Even better than a toy, though, is a person! Choose a person who really loves you. Someone who will help you up if you fall, and cheer all of your successes. Like this:
If you hold out your arms, they probably will too.
And what is better than a big hug for learning a new skill and a job well done?
Practice these steps over and over. You'll get lots of hugs and before you know it, you'll be an expert at this business of walking!